BAGGY EYELIDS

Blepharoplasty, commonly known as eyelid surgery, is a simple procedure that involves removing excess skin and tightening the muscles of the upper and/or lower lids to give you a more youthful, refreshed look. As you get older, the fine skin around your eyes can begin to droop and sag, making you look more tired and older than you feel. In some cases, your health plan may cover part of the cost of this procedure if the loose skin of your upper eyelids is actually blocking your vision.

Procedure

The procedure can be done in local or general anesthesia depending upon the patient profile. It is a day care procedure most of the times where patient can go home the same day. Some swelling after the procedure is expected.

For surgery on your upper eyelids, you will receive local anesthesia, to numb the area. Markings will be made prior to surgery with you sitting up, to determine the exact amount of skin to be removed. Once you’re numb and comfortably sedated, your surgeon will make an incision along the natural crease in your eyelid and remove extra skin. Occasionally, a small amount of muscle and fat can be removed as well.

Lower eyelid surgery can be a bit more uncomfortable for a patient, so Dr. Kapadia performs it under intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. With this procedure, the incision is made just below or behind the lower lash line or on the back of the eyelid.

Recovery

There can be mild discomfort during the recovery period. If the pain is severe or you develop a blurry vision, consult your surgeon immediately. Sutures are removed after 5 days from the surgery. It is common to experience swelling to the eyelids and a feeling of numbness in the first few days. Most patients require painkillers for a couple of days to relieve any discomfort. Some patients have their swelling resolve in just one week whereas others have mild swelling that persists for several weeks. Bruising normally disappears in 2-3 weeks and you may use makeup within the first week to hide discoloration